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Power of Love vs Love of Power

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” These words are often attributed to Jimi Hendrix, but it was actually William Gladstone who said “We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

Today Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, with a crowd of followers who shout “Hosanna to the Son of David” and wave palm branches in the air. The Jews are frustrated and angry living under the Roman occupation and are hoping that Jesus will save them from this, and they are cheering him in the hope that the power of Jesus will raise them out of oppression and back into a nation. But Jesus’ mission was to show to the world the power of love over the love of power. He enters Jerusalem on a humble donkey, his procession, unlike that of Roman generals, is one of peace, vulnerability, humility and compassion. Jesus’ followers do not realise that their idea of power is not the same as his.

Only five days later this same crowd are shouting “Crucify him, crucify him”. They feel let down that their plan of salvation has not been fulfilled. Jesus has not formed an army, or led a rebellion and overthrown the Romans; he has been arrested and tried and is now to be crucified. They do not recognise the power of love, the self-sacrifice of the God of love who does not rule by force or oppression or fear. They fail to see the power of love which is poured out on the cross on Good Friday and the power of love that conquers despair, darkness and death on Easter Sunday.

Our world continues pursuing the love of power. We have seen it in our arrogant and selfish attitudes and actions in the world; the plundering of resources, the polluting of our air and seas, the turning of a blind eye to those in need, the constant battle to ensure we have what we want even at the expense of our environment, or at the expense of another’s humanity and dignity. Stories during lockdown that lifted our spirits were those of individuals and communities who were practising love; a 90 year old who offered her ventilator to someone younger; the doctors and nurses who died from the virus they were treating in others; the many volunteers ensuring that those who live on their own had food, medication and a phone call offered to them. These stories show us the power of love in transforming despair into hope, darkness into light and death into life.

On this Palm Sunday, as we hear the followers of Jesus shouting “Hosanna” let us not be tempted by the love of power that will lead us to be part of the crowd that shouts “crucify him” by Friday. Let us open our eyes to the power of God’s saving love for us – the power of love that can heal humanity and the power of love that enables humanity to heal the world.

Edited from a school chaplain’s sermon for Palm Sunday 2020

Jesus wept

John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the English Bible – but also one of the most powerful. In this edited extract American writer Debie Thomas reflects on it.

When Jesus weeps, he legitimizes human grief. The raising of Lazarus is around the corner, but in this story, the promise of joy doesn’t cancel out the essential work of grief. When Jesus cries, he assures Mary and Martha, not only that their beloved brother is worth crying for, but also that they are worth crying with. Through his tears, Jesus calls all of us into the holy vocation of empathy, co-suffering, and lamentation.

When Jesus weeps, he respects the necessity of silence, the sanctity of the wordless and the unsayable. We should pay careful attention when the Word himself refuses to speak. Sometimes there is nothing to be said in the face of loss; sometimes tears are our best and most honourable language. Through his wordless tears, Jesus cautions us to pause. He shows us that silence, too, is faithful, sometimes, silence is love.

When Jesus weeps, he acknowledges his own mortality. When word spreads about the miracle in Bethany, the authorities decide that Jesus must be stopped. He knows that the end is imminent, he knows that his time with his friends is almost over, he knows that it’s nearly time to say goodbye to the lakes and skies and hills and stars he loves. In crying, he asserts powerfully that it is okay to yearn for life. It’s okay to cling to this beautiful world. It is okay to love and cherish the gift of life here and now.

And finally, when Jesus weeps, he shows us that sorrow is a powerful catalyst for change. It is his shattering that leads to resurrection. Perhaps Jesus’s tears can provoke us in similar ways. What breaks our hearts? What enrages us to the point of breakdown? Can we work for transformation in our places of devastation? Can our sorrow lead us to justice?

I hope that Jesus’s tears can keep us tender, open, humble, generous, and brave. I hope his honest expression of sorrow will give us the permission and the impetus we need, but to move with powerful compassion into a world that sorely needs our empathy and our love. Our journey is not to the grave, but through it. The Lord who weeps is also the Lord who resurrects.

Edited from Debie Thomas on

Lenten themed music concert – Cardiff Ardwyn Singers

Cardiff Ardwyn Singers are delighted to present a thrilling concert of Lenten themed music at St Peter’s RC Church on Sunday 26th March at 6pm which is full of local and international colour. Motets from Karl Jenkins provide a mix of familiar music and new discoveries, while Arwel Hughes’ ‘Gweddi’ is a rousing prayer setting featuring a soaring soprano solo. German born composer and organist Josef Rheinberger gives us the jewel in the crown with his ‘StabatMater’, a setting for choir and string orchestra. 

Tickets are just £12 and free for under 18s and available via the Ticketsource website using the link: , or on the door.

Stabat Mater - Rheinberger, Sunday 26 March concert


Confirmation 2023

We are planning our Confirmation programme for those who would like to be confirmed this year – that is current year 8 and up.

If this is you, please download, save and complete this Microsoft Word form and then email your completed form to Ansti Corellis at so we can contact you.

If you are unable to download and edit the above Word form, you can send an email to Ansti with the details as shown in this pdf version of the form (non-editable)

The sacrament will take place on Saturday 8 July 2023 at Christ the King Church. Further information can be obtained from Canon Matthew at .

We are always looking for people to help run the course. If you think you could help in this important stage of our young people’s formation then please let Canon Matthew know.

Volunteer Recognition 2023 – saying ‘thank you’

Volunteers Week

The Archdiocese of Cardiff would like to invite you to nominate your volunteers, individuals or teams, to receive a ‘thank you’ for the great work they do. 

Anyone can nominate, so please do share widely.  All will receive a certificate with letter of thanks. 

  • Young People
  • Volunteer Individuals
  • Volunteer Teams
  • Specialist Volunteers
  • Emergency Voluntary Response
  • Lifetime Volunteers

There’s a full explanation of each category on the Archdiocese of Cardiff website.

You can nominate quickly via Survey Monkey, by email return using the Microsoft Word form or even write your nomination by hand and post it to Gareth Simpson, Volunteer Recognition, Archbishop’s House, 41/43 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HD.  There are ways to include everyone if you wish by making using of the ‘Teams’ category.

This will be the third year of this initiative and the recognition is always well received.

More details are available on the Archdiocese of Cardiff website.

Closing date for nominations is Monday 17 April 2023.